Baltika #3 Classic
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Baltika #3 ClassicBaltika #3 Classic
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Style:
Lager - European Pale
Ranked #268
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
70
Ranked #50,535
Avg:
3 | pDev: 18%
Reviews:
255
Ratings:
419
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Russian Federation
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Year-round
Wants
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SCORE
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Sigmund from Norway

2.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Rerate, 500 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 4.8%. Crystal clear pale yellow colour, fizzy white head. Very moderate aroma, some pilsener malts and a weak fruitiness. Very light bodied, relatively dry, very moderate bitterness. Cold, refreshing and easy drinking, but boring.

May 03, 2021
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DrBeergood from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Light gold. Partly hazy. Fairly active.

S: Thick chest hair. Barley and a bit of hops to balance it out.

T: Several grains, several hops. It's okay to drink. It's very much malt forward. The hop quality could be higher, but not without also raising the price and working itself into a niche. I think the fact that this company managed to bottle a beer and get it to Ohio is more than enough for a Russian export.

F: The use of hop extract means the brew has a big bready Slavic malt base with a bitterness that seemingly comes from nowhere--At least it holds well for a long transport.

O: Just fine. The Cyrillic on the label is bound to catch someone's attention.

Apr 01, 2021
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gvickery from Texas

3.32/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Light gold.
Smell: Very grainy. Like the way an old fashioned feed store used to smell.
Taste: Malt, adjunct, (corn?, beet sugar?...who knows). Minimal hops, similar to Heineken.
Mouthfeel: Medium light, refreshing but slightly heavy. It doesn’t taste bad, just different.

Jun 15, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

2.67/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a crystal clear color with a one finger head of billowy white foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a ton of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is strongest of a bready and lightly grainy smell that has a decent sum of caramel and light harvest fruits (peach, pear, and apricot). Along with these smells is a little bit of a apple aroma and a touch of hay.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweet caramel and light fruit taste of apple and pear. Along with these flavors are some lighter bready malt taste as well as a bit of cracker. The malt is rather light, and doesn’t blend and balance the sweeter tastes all the well. The sweeter seem to get sweeter as the taste moves on, all while the bready and cracker get weaker. There is a little bit of a papery taste that comes toward the end, leaving one with a somewhat unbalanced sweet almost off malt liquor like taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is thin with a carbonation level that is higher. For the odd flavors and low abv the feel is good for the brew, making it more palatable and refreshing.
Overall – No…. Not a very well crafted beer at all. It tastes like a poorly made and crafted malt liquor. Almost like taking a Redd’s apple ale, mixing it with a malt, and adding a touch of a lager.

May 23, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.08/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

another simple and basic beer in this numbered line, nothing to write home about, but a little fuller bodied and sweeter than the number 2, and frankly, to me anyway, not as good, i almost preferred the light to this for some reason, but they are pretty darn similar. this has a little more body and a little more sweetness, almost a corn rather than rice complexion as an adjunct, but also not cheap or dumbed down tasting to me, not metallic or stale or anything, as a lot of these often can be. i dont really find the hops in this the way i did in the lighter one, but the profile i suppose is about the same, just a bit more malt heft in this one to balance them out some. the lager yeast is nice again too, crisping but maybe not allowed to quite finish this one off, its fuller, even though its still very light. great clarity to this, but it doesnt drink quite as light as it looks. to me this is a little more on par with whats happening around the world in the style, where the number 2 stood out as a little more unique to me. still decent, real similar, not bad, especially with authentic russian cuisine!

Mar 01, 2020
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mj24053 from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First Russian beer. I actually really liked this beer. Was surprised at some of the negative reviews of it. Clean and simple lager. Just enough taste...not overpowering but not weak. Liked the sessionable low ABV. Gets a little watery towards the end. But no complaints

Nov 02, 2018
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Nass from Florida

3.54/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

The first thing that I notice is that there is a bottled on date on the neck. Very pleasant tasting, but there is just enough there to let you know that you are drinking a beer. I am impressed with all 3 beers that I have had from Baltika. Anybody that thinks this beer is poor is a stupid schmuck. Cheers! B

Apr 30, 2018
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BergBeer from Hawaii

1.77/5  rDev -41%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Look: Crystal clear gold with a thin white head. Mild activity

Smell: A oddly sweet smelling lager. Right on the nose there is a corn syrup sweetness that is quite cloying. The corn syrup is the most prominent note but the nose also holds, a bit of white bread malt, a copper penny note, and just a hint of floral hops.

Taste: The attack is actually quite crisp and refreshing. The attack holds notes of triscut cracker, fruity lager yeast, and green apple skins. But all of this is quickly bowled over by this medicinally sweet corn flavor. It’s just so sweet. It taste and feels like candy corn on the palate. This note blows out the rest of the beer. The finish might hold some earthy hops but the candy corn note still lingers around so there isn’t much else I can pick up.

Feel: Surprisingly crisp at first but really bodies up with that candy corn note. Medium bodied. No alcohol. Crisp carbonation. No bitterness.

Overall: Just a soupy corny mess. That one note just absolutely dominates this beer. It is so far from what a beer of this style should be. It isn’t crisp, clean, or even easy to drink. It taste like you left candy corn in a water bottle out in the summer sun for a week. Yeah, I’ll be passing on this from now on.

Jan 18, 2018
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chitoryu12 from Florida

2.31/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Look: Pretty normal pale lager. If you've seen any macro lager, you've seen Baltika #3.

Smell: Corny malt, with a bit of yeasty hops. Doesn't really smell that great, to be honest.

Taste: Corn-backed malt with a metallic bitterness on the back end, and a strange syrupy taste that makes it almost taste like it's expired.

Mouthfeel: Thin and meaningless.

Overall: At best, boring. At worst, tastes like it's gone off. At 4.8% ABV and a 15 ounce bottle, it's clearly meant for one purpose: getting you hammered in a tavern on the Russian dockside, or maybe the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone on your way to find artifacts.

Dec 03, 2017
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monkist from Hungary

3.18/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A smelly, corny lager. Not as bad as Euro though. Smell a bit sickly but sipping it gives you a bit more smooth, lighter taste - and then come the popcorn in. Has quite some corn in the aftertaste. Would do better as an alternative of Euro lagers but then I'd prefer the Adjunct for leaving the sickening yeast out. Not THAT bad after all, but once was enough.

Jul 25, 2017
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Homebrewer_Dave from North Carolina

2.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a light bodied lager. It's got that golden straw color to it. Not a real big smell to it. Very light and easy to drink. Great for your summer time grilling or picnics. You could drink a lot of these and not notice it. It's like a Russian Budweiser.

Jun 08, 2017
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Tone from Missouri

3.48/5  rDev +16%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, straw color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong adjunct, pale malt, hint of hops, strong European yeast, and a hint of sweet malt. Fits the style of an Euro Pale Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong adjunct, pale malt, hint of hops, strong European yeast, and a hint of sweet malt. Overall, weak appearance, decent aroma, feel, and body.

Sep 17, 2016
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josanguapo from Spain

3.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From Carrefour Huelva. In Bavaria glass. Watching Sons of Anarchy 7x04-05. Pleasant. Nice maltiness. Reminds me of the Weltenburger Pils, although at the end it becomes a bit watery.

Feb 21, 2016
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

2.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Drank it out of a Can and Bottle. They both basically taste the same. Weird. Sweet malt, grassiness and classic lager bitterness. Not much in the way of flavor. Very short finish. Lower carb, smooth drinking. Super short finish. Blah.

Jan 15, 2016
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MyThoughtsExactly from Virginia

2.24/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a stein.
L: Translucent light yellow (I can easily see my hand on the other side of the glass). Bubbles come from the bottom of the glass but the head disipates instantly.
S: Sweet lager aroma. Light hay with some malt (maybe pilsner).
T: Definitely has the macro lager profile, but it is slightly sweeter than an American macro lager. Processed syrupy like taste.
F: Very little if any, pretty much drinks like water.
Overall, this tastes like a sweet macro lager with the carbonation removed. Not something I would purchase or drink again.

Jan 13, 2016
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

2.35/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Why am I being punished tonight?? No real redeeming qualities... Sweet and boozy even given the low ABV.. I've had most of the random Baltika brews that make it to Boise, but this is the first time I've given them my full attention.

Oct 10, 2015
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Andrewharemza from Australia

3.64/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color, topped with a decent white frothy head, slowly settling down. Malty aroma, slight sweet grains. Taste sweet, light (a bit watery) with some minimal bitterness and a slight metallic feel in the aftertaste. Not unpleasant, though.

Jun 12, 2015
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Mike_Aguirre from Mexico

2.55/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very dull euro pale lager, a little bit expensive in Mexico so not worth the money. Looks and smells right for the euro pale lager style, but taste is very shy.

Jun 11, 2015
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

1.69/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

DATE TASTED: February 8, 2015... GLASSWARE: Baltika stange... OCCASION: post-workout protein during the Cavs stomp of the Lakers... APPEARANCE: clear as crystal golden body--classic pilsener build--with vibrant effervescence; promising white head settles swiftly to a reasonable quarter-inch coverage; zero lacing... AROMA: biscuits and bread, with funky bad-breath elements forcing their way through the glass--a turn-off ... PALATE: mildly effervescent, oily, fizzy and long bitter, astringent ending ...TASTE: mildly sweet, with faint caramel; a pungent finish, with awkward, cloying unbalanced corn maltiness--were are the hops? ...OVERALL: the dark offered a malty character; this suggests the palest lager with enough malt to affirm its allegiance...

Feb 09, 2015
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Straw yellow filtered with a few large bubbles, 3 fingers of white head.

S: Water, pee, a little malt, just like the style does.

T: Malt, light sweetness, clean linen, crisp.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, crisp finish with a malty light hopped coating left on the tongue.

O: Not a bad brew. Got it at the Russian Import store in Kunming, drank Jan 26th, 2015.

Jan 24, 2015
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dcscientist from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is a Russian version of a classic pale lager, and it's comparable to other European beers of that style. I like their porter a little more, but this works when it's warm outside.

Oct 10, 2014
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mhuber from New York

3/5  rDev 0%

Your run-of-the-mill pilsner. It doesn't say "light beer" on the bottle but it kind of tastes like one. Easy drinking. Not bad... but nothing about it is particularly interesting.

Sep 21, 2014
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ordybill from Georgia

3.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500CL bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a soft aroma of malt and maybe some grass
Appearance- A straw yellow color with a fairly large white head.
Taste- Has an ok malt flavor comparable to other Euro Pale Lagers
Palate- A light bodied beer with moderate carbonation has a crisp finish.
Overall- An OK beer, if you haven't tried it I would suggest it to knock it off your list.

Sep 04, 2014
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LagerCognoscenti from England

3.02/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok head and lacing, Quite carbonated.

Aroma is subtle. Apple skin. white bread. Mild but inviting.

Taste is quaffable. Weak but interesting enough. One detects apple skin. Sweet malt. A bit of a corn like flavour. This is decent but not exciting. It does have some harshness.

Overall it's an ok but not great lager. I may be giving it a bit higher mark than it deserves as it used to be my go to beer in my late twenties in a particular bar I frequented. It was the best thing on offer in a poor selection!

Drinkable, decent. Tastes like there's a rice or corn adjunct in there. Not particularly great.

The best Baltika I've tried is the No 6 (7%) porter.

I don't think I could recommend this. It is just slightly better than Heinken or Stella but less good than Polish lagers and much less good than German or Czech pils.

out of 100...I give it 70.

Jul 28, 2014
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

500 ml green bottle served at cellar temperature into a pint glass. purchased for $2.70 CDN from the LCBO.

Appearance - Pours a very pale golden color, with plenty of bubbles and capped by two fingers of white head. Moderate retention, but a nice trail of spidery lacing is left behind.

Smell - Some grains, a little bit of a skunked aroma, but not as bad as other green bottles. Slight metallic undercurrent.

Taste - Quite grainy at first, but that flavor falls away into a void and nothing else comes to pick it up. Decent at best for the style.

Mouthfeel - Soft but good carbonation, very smooth and easy drinking. A very good dry finish.

Overall - An Ok representation of the style, it has a very good mouthfeel going for it, otherwise this is pretty average. COuld use a little more pop in terms of flavor.

Jul 12, 2013
Baltika #3 Classic from Baltika Breweries
Beer rating: 70 out of 100 with 419 ratings